Nginx Proxy Manager VS crowdsec

Compare Nginx Proxy Manager vs crowdsec and see what are their differences.

Nginx Proxy Manager

Docker container for managing Nginx proxy hosts with a simple, powerful interface (by NginxProxyManager)


CrowdSec - the open-source and participative security solution offering crowdsourced protection against malicious IPs and access to the most advanced real-world CTI. (by crowdsecurity)
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Nginx Proxy Manager crowdsec
622 167
13,905 6,662
5.3% 2.3%
5.9 9.6
7 days ago 2 days ago
JavaScript Go
MIT License MIT License
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Nginx Proxy Manager

Posts with mentions or reviews of Nginx Proxy Manager. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-05.


Posts with mentions or reviews of crowdsec. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-06-02.
  • Brute.Fail Watch brute force attacks in real time
    3 projects | | 2 Jun 2023
    Hey we actually built the second part as a product. Its a modern revamp of fail2ban combined with crowdsourcing aspect to deliver an up-to-date blocklist of active threats. You can check it out at
  • Did you have serious attacks on your exposed services before?
    2 projects | /r/selfhosted | 30 Apr 2023
    This tool is really interesting to mitigate and enact defense systems for different scenarios.
  • Feature Request: CrowdSec
    3 projects | /r/firewalla | 25 Apr 2023
    CrowdSec is licensed under MIT open source license, you can find a copy of the text here: “Copyright 2020, CrowdSec SAS (, Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the “Software”), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.” That’s all there is to it. Like in the case of Debian, you can do anything you want with it, for free, period. You just need to embed this license when you redistribute the product.
  • Hardening exposed WireGuard ports
    3 projects | /r/selfhosted | 6 Nov 2022
    Do I need something like crowdsec, or is WireGuard secure enough on its own?
  • Banning users for certain actions
    3 projects | /r/flask | 8 Oct 2022
    You could try out It’s an advanced FOSS framework for detecting a number of different attacks and not limited to just brute force attacks like Fail2Ban as /u/nonself suggests. The basic concept of CrowdSes is that it reads log, detects attacks, mitigates attacks (CrowdSec integrates directly into the Flask application) and shares information about those attacks with everyone else using CrowdSec. Disclaimer: I am head of community at CrowdSec so my opinions may be a little biased :-)
  • How to access Docker containers on home server from public IP?
    6 projects | /r/selfhosted | 4 Oct 2022
    You need to setup reverse proxy. nginx-proxy-manager, swag. There are also more options like caddy, haproxy etc... You can also setup a VPN and or a service like authelia, fail2ban, crowdsec to restrict access to your site.
  • Crosscompiling CrowdSec on amd64 (Ubuntu 22.04) to arm64 (FriendlyWRT / OpenWRT 22.04)?
    2 projects | /r/CrowdSec | 24 Sep 2022
    Release v1.4.1 · crowdsecurity/crowdsec (
  • Block traffic from every country except the USA? - Apache2/SSH
    2 projects | /r/sysadmin | 15 Sep 2022
    Not what you suggested but have you considered Not just a collaborative and more advanced version of Fail2Ban but in this case you want it because of the collaborative blocklist; we made an article showing that 92% of attacks was blocked in advanced by ip reputation before any attacks were performed. Disclaimer: I am head of community so I might be a bit biased. It’s still a cool FOSS project though :-)
  • Newbie help...docker, portainer, godaddy
    6 projects | /r/selfhosted | 14 Sep 2022
    You need to look into reverse proxy. Most common one is nginx-proxy-manager which has a nice GUI. There is also SWAG. Both can been configured to get free SSL certificates. For security: authelia, fail2ban, crowdsec. I also suggest to configure wireguard, wg-easy. If you have any questions, we are here. Welcome and good luck!
  • Large scale Internet SSH brute force attacks seem to have stopped here
    10 projects | | 29 Aug 2022
    So in that way everybody using CrowdSec are helping each other out. More information at

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Nginx Proxy Manager and crowdsec you can also consider the following projects:

traefik - The Cloud Native Application Proxy

docker-swag - Nginx webserver and reverse proxy with php support and a built-in Certbot (Let's Encrypt) client. It also contains fail2ban for intrusion prevention.

Fail2Ban - Daemon to ban hosts that cause multiple authentication errors

socks5-proxy-server - SOCKS5 proxy server

pfSense - Main repository for pfSense

acme-dns - Limited DNS server with RESTful HTTP API to handle ACME DNS challenges easily and securely.

docker-pi-hole - Pi-hole in a docker container

bunkerweb - 🛡️ Make your web services secure by default !

caddy-docker - Source for the official Caddy v2 Docker Image

Suricata - Suricata is a network Intrusion Detection System, Intrusion Prevention System and Network Security Monitoring engine developed by the OISF and the Suricata community.

frp - A fast reverse proxy to help you expose a local server behind a NAT or firewall to the internet.

Wazuh - Wazuh - The Open Source Security Platform. Unified XDR and SIEM protection for endpoints and cloud workloads.